Manning's 'Water is Wide' at Yvette Torres

Aug 16, 2019
"Manana West #25," a 2005 acrylic on masonite by William Manning.

ROCKLAND — The paintings of William Manning are currently on view at Yvette Torres Fine Art through Sept. 22. The exhibit, “Water is Wide," includes work referencing Monhegan Island done in the oughts and a group of his smaller three dimensional paintings.

Manning was born in Lewiston and has spent the majority of his life painting in Maine. He was the first native Mainer to take up abstract painting. Manning taught at Portland School of Art from 1959 through 1969. He was co-founder of Concept School of Visual studies in 1969 and taught there until 1973.

"Someone at Portland School of Art suggested I visit Monhegan. That was 1964. I did, and I have been going there ever since," said Manning in 1995. Although Manning can no longer make that journey, the island continues to inspire him.

Yvette Torres Fine Art is located at 464 Main St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, or by chance or appointment. For more information, call 332-4014 or visit

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